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Today's Tech: Nintendo reveals Wii U release dates, BT teams up with Surrey County Council and iPhone 5 registration opens

Lots of you may be suffering from post-iPhone 5-launch-related blues, but thankfully there's been plenty of reaction on ITProPortal today to offset the sadness. We begin with news that Orange and T-Mobile have opened their iPhone 5 registration pages (opens in new tab), though customers are being encouraged to switch to EE as quickly as possible. Three will definitely stock the handset, while Tesco Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Talkmobile have neither confirmed nor denied anything so far.

Everyone's got their take on Apple's big launch last night, and unsurprisingly, opinions are arriving at both ends of the scale. So you can get a balanced view on things, we've had a look at the most interesting interpretations of the iPhone 5, from those inside and outside the tech world – including our readers (opens in new tab). Follow the link to see what the consensus is post-launch, pre-release.

(opens in new tab)From the impartial, to the, well, partial. James Laird describes the iPhone 5 as "a case study in mediocrity and Apple's rotten ethos," (opens in new tab) after an "underwhelming" launch night in California. James questions Tim Cook's ability to fill the sizeable shoes of Steve Jobs, wonders if the phone could have had that extra wow-factor, and suggests the future for Apple as a whole may not quite be as rosy as it was one year ago. No doubt many of you will have something to say about this, so go and investigate James' logic and feel free to air opinions in the comments section.

There is a world outside Apple, and today we learned that Nintendo's Wii U will become available for purchase in the UK on 30 November (opens in new tab). The console will come in two separate editions: the white, 8GB basic and the black, 32GB premium. In terms of pricing, Amazon initially cited £199.99 as the price of the basic edition before removing the page, Gamestation has tweeted £210 and £250 for the basic and premium respectively, and other retailers are yet to confirm theirs. Stay locked into ITPP for anything official as it breaks.

Elsewhere, Surrey County Council has struck a deal with BT worth £33 million (opens in new tab). As a result, by the end of 2014 the entire county will have access to superfast broadband, which could perform at almost 9 times the speed of the national average connection. The deal is unrivalled and could boost Surrey's economy by a staggering £28 million per annum.

Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews, Newsweek, and ITProPortal.